Iron is a vital micronutrient, particularly for mother and child during pregnancy. Dr Helen Savoia discusses the role of iron in the body and the mechanisms by which this is achieved. She then outlines how iron requirements change before, during and after pregnancy, and the role medical professionals can take to ensure optimal iron status for mother and child.
- Identify iron requirements at various stages of life, especially before, during and after pregnancy
- Understand how iron is absorbed and transported, particularly across the placenta
- Assess the potential ill-effects of iron deficiency during pregnancy for mother and child
- Identify the optimal iron status during pregnancy, which results in the best possible health outcomes
- Understand who to screen for anaemia, when, and how
- Recognise the treatment options for iron deficiency during pregnancy
Preconception, Pregnancy and Postnatal Iron Deficiency (26 mins of CPD)
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